Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G16 vs Nikon 1 V2

Canon PowerShot G15

Winner
Canon PowerShot G15

64

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Nikon 1 V1

35

Nikon 1 V1

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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Advantages of the Canon PowerShot G15

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The PowerShot G15's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
106x75x40 mm vs 113x76x43 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.6" vs 1.7"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 10 fps
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6x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
1,200 fps vs 240 fps
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5x higher fps
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Focus points
Many more focus points
135 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality
Better image quality
54.0 vs 46.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
21.3 bits vs 19.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Around 3x larger sensor
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
346 ISO vs 165 ISO
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The V1 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the PowerShot G15
Weight
Slightly lighter
294 g vs 352 g
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Around 20% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              PowerShot G15:922k dots
              V1:921k dots
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              PowerShot G15:240 fps
              V1:1,200 fps
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              PowerShot G15:Tunnel
              V1:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot G15:19.9 bits
              V1:21.3 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot G15:11.5 EV
              V1:11 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot G15:165 ISO
              V1:346 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot G15:46.0
              V1:54.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,227

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $829

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $189 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $797 body only

              $499 - $799 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $333 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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